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What have you been playing recently and what do you think of it?

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It's question time once again, time to tell the world what you've been playing and let us know if it's worth getting.

I've actually been really enjoying Sid Meier's Civilization VI with the new expansion, it's far more addictive than I originally thought. While I previously got bored with it after a few rounds, that's no longer the case.

The disasters system with climate change adds so much to the game to seriously make it that much more interesting. Soon my English army shall take over what's left of the world…

In regards to the performance of the port (which isn't great in the later game), Aspyr Media did say this on Reddit:

The answer is actually not technical, but simply bandwidth. Frankly, it was a valentines miracle to get Linux out along-side Windows in a playable state that we were happy with AND cross platform. There will be time for optimizations once the dust settles, and we will continue to optimize for as long as we work on the product. For Civ V, that was years.

As for other games, I still can't pull myself away from Rocket League. Now that I have a few hundred hours in it, the amount of tricks I can pull off is increasing all the time, once you get to grips with some aerial maneuvers the game certainly opens up a bit.

Another shout out to Streets of Rogue, still one of my absolute favourite indie games. The amount of time I'be put into this is nuts. Probably one of the funniest games I've ever played with friends. Absolutely check it out if you haven't and do have a look at our video of it!

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Elvanex 19 February 2019 at 5:18 am UTC
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Elvanex8 years after I initially purchased it, I'm still playing the hell out of Mount and Blade: Warband. I finally hit the 1,000 hour mark last week as well, and that's not even counting the 200 or so hours I played before I got it on Steam. lol.

I don't know about that. I bought it a few years ago because of the good ratings on Steam.
It was pretty buggy. Often I couldn't finish quests, a proper tutorial was missing.
Quests were often the same (bring letter from a to b).
For me it felt quite unfinished although fighting was some fun.
Is this game really playable and enjoyable without using mods? Most of the time people say they use mods.

It's definitely not a game for everyone. And while I think the Native game is great, mods are definitely the primary thing extending the playtime. However, mods in Warband are not quite the same as in other games. There are a few that focus on tweaking/expanding the base game, but most are actually full conversions to entirely new worlds with their own features. There are mods for all kinds of historical settings, as well as tons of fantasy based ones. There's mods for Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Warhammer, and D&D, as well as some that create entirely new worlds complete with their own history/lore. My personal favorite is Prophecy of Pendor, which imo does a better job of lore/world building than even some fantasy novels. And that's just in single player! lol. If you mostly just like the combat, there are lots of great multiplayer mods as well. I'm not as familiar with these as I mostly play single player, but some popular examples include: Persistent World, which essentially turns the game into a medieval sandbox mmorpg somewhat similar to life is feudal, or reign of kings. and Full Invasion 2, which puts up to 200 players against wave after wave of ai, and incorporates a variety of factions/maps from various themes. Again, it's not a game for everyone, so I get if you decide it's just not your cup of tea.
stretch611 19 February 2019 at 6:52 am UTC
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Jack_BlackI have started playing The Walking Dead: Road to Survival again. It is an Android-App, that I am running with Genymotion and a few adjustments. Great game, high potential for addiction. Cool that Android-Emulation on Linux is possible, too.
So, you are running an android app through Genymotion, a windows app that you are running on WINE?!?
Genymotion is using virtualbox and runs on Windows, Linux, mac. As long as you are not using it for anything work related you can use it with a restrictive personal license without paying. Not every game/app works too well though, and you get sample ads rather than real ones.

Ahh, I did not know that. I thought they were windows only.

In the past, I have used the Android-x86 Project. An open source project to port Android to x86 processors. It can installed stand alone on a PC, or run in a virtual machine. Unfortunately, there is a limit to the applications that run on it.
AciD 19 February 2019 at 10:09 am UTC
skinnyrafAh, yes. After 18 years I moved from Debian to KDE Neon, Ubuntu-based. Some games require glibc newer than the current Debian stable and I'm too old to run testing.

Testing (buster) as entered the soft freeze a few days ago, and will be out in a few month.
Testing is stable enough.
Dea1993 19 February 2019 at 10:50 am UTC
i've played and i'm still playing, the witcher 3 with proton.
it's a fantastic game and has better performance than the witcher 2 eON port.
theghost 19 February 2019 at 11:37 am UTC
Elvanex
theghost
Elvanex8 years after I initially purchased it, I'm still playing the hell out of Mount and Blade: Warband. I finally hit the 1,000 hour mark last week as well, and that's not even counting the 200 or so hours I played before I got it on Steam. lol.

I don't know about that. I bought it a few years ago because of the good ratings on Steam.
It was pretty buggy. Often I couldn't finish quests, a proper tutorial was missing.
Quests were often the same (bring letter from a to b).
For me it felt quite unfinished although fighting was some fun.
Is this game really playable and enjoyable without using mods? Most of the time people say they use mods.

It's definitely not a game for everyone. And while I think the Native game is great, mods are definitely the primary thing extending the playtime. However, mods in Warband are not quite the same as in other games. There are a few that focus on tweaking/expanding the base game, but most are actually full conversions to entirely new worlds with their own features. There are mods for all kinds of historical settings, as well as tons of fantasy based ones. There's mods for Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Warhammer, and D&D, as well as some that create entirely new worlds complete with their own history/lore. My personal favorite is Prophecy of Pendor, which imo does a better job of lore/world building than even some fantasy novels. And that's just in single player! lol. If you mostly just like the combat, there are lots of great multiplayer mods as well. I'm not as familiar with these as I mostly play single player, but some popular examples include: Persistent World, which essentially turns the game into a medieval sandbox mmorpg somewhat similar to life is feudal, or reign of kings. and Full Invasion 2, which puts up to 200 players against wave after wave of ai, and incorporates a variety of factions/maps from various themes. Again, it's not a game for everyone, so I get if you decide it's just not your cup of tea.

Thanks for the detailed answer. Maybe I will give it another try. I liked the singleplayer in the vanilla game but I was mainly fighting bandits and was pretty clueless what to with the factions. Maybe there are some mods to improve this.
iiari 19 February 2019 at 1:24 pm UTC
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Linuxpunk...Also... Angels Fall First (via proton)...
There is another!! I'm very excited for them to get DX11 up and working, as the game has never been a terrific performer FPS-wise and has never been a great Wine performer. With an i7 and M1070 on medium graphics, I get about 25-45 FPS with 1440p wide, and it can dip into the high teens with the most intense action. That's about the lowest of any game I play. Almost everything else proton or native is in the 50's-60's and up on ultra. Once they've got DX11 going, we should be able to use DXVK with it, and if that gives us even 10-15 FPS more, it would make gameplay so much better. I love that game so much. It's my second highest hrs on Steam after Rocket League... Great community too on Discord.


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Jack_Black 19 February 2019 at 1:34 pm UTC
stretch611So, you are running an android app through Genymotion, a windows app that you are running on WINE?!?

Of course. I get everything running.

But seriously: Like Ketil has already written Genymotion 3.0.0 is available natively on Linux and running on a VirtualBox-basis. After registering on their website and creating a Virtual Machine with Genymotion directly, you have to install OpenGapps in order to get the Google-Play-Services, what is not easy at them moment because the OpenGapps-Developers had huge problems with github, where all the repositories were located. If you manage to install the Google-Play-Services under these circumstances you can download and run almost every app, that supports x86-Processors. Among them are good webbrowsers, which you can use to download other App-Stores, like for example the Amazon-App-Store, that raises chances to run a specific App. If it is not installable or running on one App-Store, you simply give the next one a try. It is also very helpful to look around in the internet for x86-to-ARM-Translators to raise compatibility.

To put in a nutshell it is a lot of work to get Android-Apps running on Linux, but as long as the best Android-Emulator for Gaming on Windows, Blue Stacks is neither available on Linux, nore installable with WINE, there is no other way.

Kind Regards
doomiebaby 19 February 2019 at 10:31 pm UTC
ElvanexWhy can't you play single player? Just not enough time?
Ballistic Overkill is freaking awesome as well though! =D It's actually my second most played game on Steam at 674 hours, despite only having owned it for a year or 2. lol. I've kinda burnt myself out of it for the moment though.

674h? geeeeze, haha... and what's more is with the way this game keeps you playing, you maybe only intended some 40 of those hours altogether? ''

Is a time issue, yes, and multiplayer is at least somewhat justifiable to put time into (people I know after all).
If you wanna get back in though, and would tolerate my casual tail and... maybe some ridiculous friends, PM me? <:3

I suppose I should have said what I think of Ballistic Overkill, like the OP asked.

BO is:
-Not body odor
-Slick and satisfying arcadey FPS gameplay
-Simple and optimized enough to run on pretty old hardware competitively
-Pretty dynamic class abilities to play with
-Fairly high skill ceiling (not artificially nerfed with low bullet speeds, too much sponge and cheap ults- lookin at you HOTS-teamfight-in-3D that is Overwatch)
-A mix of good-enough and very-good maps
-Very easy to hop in and out of without tons of life dedication, which is a rare and valuable thing in PVP these days...
-Private dedicated servers! incredible...

BO is also:
-Grinding for unlocks, like really all games now.
-Some odd and sometimes game-ruining framedrops for me and another friend (on appletosh, I think) during firefights.
-Cheaters. The in-game personally-hosted game creation could use functioning kick ability and a personal permaban list, maybe attached to steam cloud. Maybe I'll bring this idea up in the forums.
-Netcode, which can and often does make very silly things happen, but it's usually something you can play past.

With all of this, is still one of the most actually fun PVP FPSes out right now, and one of maybe 4 that even exist on linux?

Friends and I may just give in and rent a server; GOL server is just too much leg for me. Leg everywhere... .w.
iiari 19 February 2019 at 11:17 pm UTC
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Elvanex-Very easy to hop in and out of without tons of life dedication, which is a rare and valuable thing in PVP these days...
Very true, one of the few games out there with matches that have a real skill gradient of people playing. I feel there's still a few too many matches where one or two super-players just OWN everyone else.

Oh why or why can't we have a PVP title that matches people together based on stats and skill?
Elvanex 20 February 2019 at 5:05 am UTC
doomiebaby
ElvanexWhy can't you play single player? Just not enough time?
Ballistic Overkill is freaking awesome as well though! =D It's actually my second most played game on Steam at 674 hours, despite only having owned it for a year or 2. lol. I've kinda burnt myself out of it for the moment though.

674h? geeeeze, haha... and what's more is with the way this game keeps you playing, you maybe only intended some 40 of those hours altogether? ''

Is a time issue, yes, and multiplayer is at least somewhat justifiable to put time into (people I know after all).
If you wanna get back in though, and would tolerate my casual tail and... maybe some ridiculous friends, PM me? <:3

I suppose I should have said what I think of Ballistic Overkill, like the OP asked.

BO is:
-Not body odor
-Slick and satisfying arcadey FPS gameplay
-Simple and optimized enough to run on pretty old hardware competitively
-Pretty dynamic class abilities to play with
-Fairly high skill ceiling (not artificially nerfed with low bullet speeds, too much sponge and cheap ults- lookin at you HOTS-teamfight-in-3D that is Overwatch)
-A mix of good-enough and very-good maps
-Very easy to hop in and out of without tons of life dedication, which is a rare and valuable thing in PVP these days...
-Private dedicated servers! incredible...

BO is also:
-Grinding for unlocks, like really all games now.
-Some odd and sometimes game-ruining framedrops for me and another friend (on appletosh, I think) during firefights.
-Cheaters. The in-game personally-hosted game creation could use functioning kick ability and a personal permaban list, maybe attached to steam cloud. Maybe I'll bring this idea up in the forums.
-Netcode, which can and often does make very silly things happen, but it's usually something you can play past.

With all of this, is still one of the most actually fun PVP FPSes out right now, and one of maybe 4 that even exist on linux?

Friends and I may just give in and rent a server; GOL server is just too much leg for me. Leg everywhere... .w.

lol, well, like I said, I've kinda burnt myself out of Ballistic Overkill atm. But I'm sure I'll play again after I recover. My Steam name is Sethander Wald if you want to add me.
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